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Notification of Change to Partial Road Closure - Stewart Avenue, Warwick
Building works have commenced from July 17 on Stewart Avenue, between Grafton and King Streets Warwick, requiring a partial road closure which is expected to last for approximately 6 weeks. Access to this section of Stewart Avenue will be from Gra...

Posted: July 31, 2015


Regional Works Update
Update for week ending 31 July 2015  Construction Jobs completed this week Berat-Forest Springs Bridge is 100% complete and open to traffic. Backfilling of the ends of Kadows bridge has been carried out. Gravel Resheeting ...

Posted: July 30, 2015


Council to hold open meeting about GrainX operations following community requests
Southern Downs Regional Council will hold an open meeting at the Allora Community Hall on August 10, 2015 at 3:00pm, in response to requests from members of the community to discuss issues surrounding operations at GrainX.  In 2011 GrainX comm...

Posted: July 30, 2015


Abandoned dogs get new start following Facebook outcry
A post on Southern Downs Regional Council’s Facebook page showing three abandoned dogs went viral overnight.  The abandoned dogs were found yesterday by a resident in an industrial bin at Council’s Ballandean Transfer Station, and wer...

Posted: July 30, 2015


Council goes 'Casual for a Cause'
Residents will start to see Southern Downs Regional Council Administration and Library staff dressing casually, with Council recently adopting a new ‘Casual for a Cause’ initiative which will start on the first Friday in August. ...

Posted: July 29, 2015


Council encourages residents to use MY SDRC app
Southern Downs Regional Council's Mayor, Cr Peter Blundell is reminding residents of the benefits of using the MY SDRC app, which offers greater efficiencies in reporting issues and lodging customer requests with Council. Council received th...

Posted: July 29, 2015


Council on track to debt reduction
Southern Downs Regional Council is on track with a long term financial plan to decrease Council’s level of debt.  In response to calls from the community for Council to clarify details of its debt, a report was tabled at Council’s Gen...

Posted: July 29, 2015


Southern Downs residents benefit from completed Capital Works program
A report tabled at Southern Downs Regional Council’s General Meeting today has highlighted the significant level of capital works projects completed budgeted in the 2014/2015 financial year.  Southern Downs Regional Council's Mayor, Cr Pete...

Posted: July 29, 2015


Council News 29 and 30 July
Latest Council News 29 and 30 July

Posted: July 28, 2015


Council releases 2015-2016 community funding programs
Southern Downs’ community groups and sporting clubs could be up to $7,500 better off with the next round of Council’s Community Grants Program and Community Support Program to open for business on August 3.  Southern Downs Region...

Posted: July 27, 2015


Council introduces new online cemetery booking system for local funeral directors
Making a funeral booking at Southern Downs Regional Council’s cemeteries is about to get easier for local funeral directors, with a new online cemetery booking system soon to be introduced. Council’s Manager Community Facilities, Mr Michae...

Posted: July 24, 2015


Southern Downs completes construction of strategic fire trails
Southern Downs Regional Council, in conjunction with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) and Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ), has completed construction of 22 kilometres of strategic fire trails within the region.   Southern Do...

Posted: July 23, 2015


It's on for Young and Old this August for Seniors Month on the Southern Downs
August is a busy month if you’re a Senior living on the Southern Downs!  Seniors Week will be celebrated in Queensland from August 15 - 23 this year with the theme ‘It’s on for Young and Old’, and is an opportunity fo...

Posted: July 22, 2015


Council to partipate in Regional Harvest stand at Jumpers & Jazz festival
Southern Downs Regional Council will join forces with Scenic Rim Regional Council at the Regional Harvest stand in Palmerin Street, Warwick at the Jumpers and Jazz Festival on Saturday, July 25. Southern Downs Regional Council’s Mayor, Cr Pete...

Posted: July 22, 2015


Mayor gives Yangan students inside story on Council
Yangan State School year three and four students visited Southern Downs Regional Council yesterday to hear about the inner workings of local government for their Civics and Citizenship subjects.  Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor, Cr Peter Bl...

Posted: July 22, 2015


Making a difference for youth homelessness across the Southern Downs
The Southern Downs Youth Housing and Homelessness Working Party was established in October 2014 in response to increasing numbers of youth housing and homelessness enquiries and incidents in the community.  The working party, led by Southern Down...

Posted: July 21, 2015


Transition to equalisation of water charges across the region
Provision of high quality water to residents and industries is a major focus of Southern Downs Regional Council's water business. Council’s Mayor, Cr Peter Blundell said as with all water service providers in Queensland, the provision of high ...

Posted: July 20, 2015


Itinerant workers and backpacker industry workshop
Local issues and concerns surrounding the Itinerant Workers and Backpacker industry in the Southern Downs region will be the topic of conversation at a workshop hosted by Southern Downs Regional Council on July 22. Council’s Manager Planning ...

Posted: July 14, 2015


Look out for yourself and others as icy weather approaches
Southern Downs Regional Council encourages residents to look out for themselves and others as temperatures are set to drop this weekend. With rain, snow, sleet and icy winds predicted around the Granite Belt for Sunday, it is important for residents...

Posted: July 10, 2015


Council to host Business and Developers’ Forums
Southern Downs Regional Council will host a series of Business and Developers’ Forums, with the first forums scheduled to be held next week. Council's Manager Planning and Environment, Mr Cecil Barnard encouraged all local developers and membe...

Posted: July 9, 2015


'Goodbye Junie Moon’ author dances her way into Warwick
Southern Downs Regional Council’s Warwick Library will welcome author June Collins to the Library on July 24 to promote her memoir ‘Goodbye Junie Moon’. The author will regale residents with tales of her experiences as an Australian...

Posted: July 6, 2015


SDRC’s reticulated gas supply business survey now available
With economic growth and local job creation high on both the State Government and Southern Downs Regional Council’s Economic Development agenda, Council has released an electronic survey for commercial, health and industrial businesses to gau...

Posted: July 6, 2015


Council adopts 2015/2016 budget
Southern Downs Regional Council has adopted its budget for the 2015/2016 financial year. A full media package is available to download below. 2015/2016 Budget Media Package

Posted: July 2, 2015


SDRC labour force figures
The most recent financial year has seen Southern Downs Regional Council reduce its labour force to numbers that are below both pre-amalgamation and amalgamation levels.  At the end of June 2015, Council employed approximately 340 people across t...

Posted: June 30, 2015


Washpool Reserve offers camping opportunities this school holidays
 Residents looking for camping locations for the June/July school holidays are encouraged to consider Washpool Reserve.  Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor, Cr Peter Blundell, said Washpool camping reserve is located at the southern end o...

Posted: June 29, 2015


Eukey selected for Mobile Black Spot improvements
Today, the Australian Government announced that Eukey is among the list of successful base stations that will receive funding for significant improvements in mobile coverage under the Mobile Black Spot Program. Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor, ...

Posted: June 25, 2015


SDRC supports NAIDOC Week celebrations in the Southern Downs
Southern Downs Regional Council will again support local NAIDOC Week celebrations with a calendar promoting eight events to be held across the region from July 5 – 12. NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal a...

Posted: June 24, 2015


Council conducts citizenship ceremony at general meeting
Southern Downs Regional Council welcomed 24 new citizens today at its June Council meeting at Warwick chambers. Mayor Cr Peter Blundell said it was wonderful to see such a large group of excited and happy people at the Council chamber and especially ...

Posted: June 24, 2015


Community invited to official opening of Council’s Stanthorpe Animal Pound Extension
A new extension to Southern Downs Regional Council’s Stanthorpe Animal Pound is nearing completion and will be officially opened by Mayor Peter Blundell on Tuesday, July 14 from 2pm-3pm, with interested members of the community invited to attend....

Posted: June 24, 2015


Animals are the winners with rehoming rates on the rise
Figures released in a report to Southern Downs Regional Council’s General Council meeting today show the region’s impounded animals are the winners, with the rate of rehoming of animals on the rise, and euthanasia rates at an all time low. ...

Posted: June 24, 2015


SDRC makes major in-roads into the 2014/15 Capital works program
A report tabled at today’s Southern Downs Regional Council General Meeting highlighted the significant works that Council has achieved with completion of 16 projects under its 2014/15 Works Construction Capital Works Program. Southern Downs Reg...

Posted: June 24, 2015


SDRC shines a light on solar power options
Southern Downs Regional Council is looking towards a brighter future with investigation of solar power options underway.   In recognition of the continuously increasing demand for energy, the escalating costs of electricity, and the community&rs...

Posted: June 22, 2015


SDRC to survey business on need for reticulated gas supply to Warwick
The provision of gas is a major enabler to attract new businesses and assist existing businesses to expand. With economic growth and local job creation high on both the State Government and Southern Downs Regional Council’s Economic Development agen...

Posted: June 16, 2015


Bridge reopens after devastating floods
Cowley’s Bridge at Mullins Road, Talgai, recently reopened to traffic after the destructive 2011 floods forced its closure. The bridge was severely damaged in 2011 and then again in 2013 by the floods that devastated parts of the Southern Downs....

Posted: June 15, 2015


Author to visit Warwick Library
Author Janice N Mau will visit Warwick Library on Wednesday 17 June to talk about her 2014 released book, Samovars and Shashlik. Samovars and Shashlik is a memoir of Janice’s time spent working as a volunteer in Kazakhstan, with husband Peter. T...

Posted: June 5, 2015


SDRC bids for Commonwealth Games pre-event training
A bid will be entered by the Southern Downs Regional Council to host pre-event training in our region for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Council’s Economic Development Unit recently facilitated meetings in Stanthorpe and Warwick with...

Posted: June 1, 2015


Landholder participation must increase if we are to control wild dogs
After finishing its second of several 1080 ground baiting rounds this year, Council advises that landholder participation is the key to winning the fight against wild dogs. “Council uses a number of strategies to curb the wild dog problem, but...

Posted: June 1, 2015


Have your say on the usage of the region’s parks and open space
Southern Downs Regional Council residents will start to see signage appear in some local parks as Council seeks public input into its Parks Rationalisation Program. Chair of Council's Parks Rationalisation Committee Cr Vic Pennisi said each sign wil...

Posted: May 29, 2015


Looking after our itinerant workers
A report that was endorsed at yesterday’s General Meeting will see numerous actions taken in favour of the region’s itinerant workers and backpackers. The report recommends that Council proactively lobbies with other Councils and State ...

Posted: May 28, 2015


Council appoints Destination Southern Downs (DSD) Board
After an extensive recruitment process, Southern Downs Regional Council has finalised the appointment of seven members to the inaugural board of the new Destination Southern Downs tourism and events body. The seven members were recommended by a selecti...

Posted: May 28, 2015


Another step forward for Emu Swamp Dam
Council’s Director Engineering Services and Manager Planning & Development have been instructed to further explore and recommend an outcome regarding the offset requirements for each individual property impacted by Emu Swamp Dam Community Inf...

Posted: May 28, 2015


Heritage Listed Town Hall to have new lease of life
Southern Downs Regional Council has considered a report at its General Meeting today proposing an Expression of Interest process (EOI) for the lease of approximately 117m2 of space in the Warwick Town Hall. The reasons for the proposal are as follo...

Posted: May 28, 2015


Youth Action Plan - making a difference for young people across the region
Council has endorsed the SDRC Youth Action Plan for 2015/2016 at today’s General Council Meeting. The Youth Action Plan Evening was held on 16 March 2015. The planning was highlighted by quality engagement and participation by the Young Leade...

Posted: May 28, 2015


Residents making use of My SDRC app ‘Fix It’
Southern Downs Regional Council’s new app is proving a success with more residents using ‘Fix It’ to lodge customer requests. Council received the April Executive Performance Statistics at its General Meeting today and were please...

Posted: May 28, 2015


Council to write off outstanding debt from Queensland Reconstruction Authority
Southern Downs Regional Council has considered a report at its General Meeting today to write off the outstanding debt of $588,845.60 ($647,730.14 including GST) from Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA). Councillors resolved to write off the ...

Posted: May 28, 2015


Update on Council’s Financial Report
At its General meeting today, Council received and noted the Financial Report as at 30 April 2015. The report shows that the overall operating expenditure of $53.5m is $1.1m above the year to date estimate of $52.4m with employee costs being around...

Posted: May 28, 2015


Council to address road safety for seasonal workers and backpackers
Southern Downs Regional Council has considered a report at its General Meeting today with actions that aim to reduce the number of car crashes and accidents involving international drivers. In the report, Council's Chief Executive Officer David Kee...

Posted: May 28, 2015


Council revert water restrictions to Permanent for Warwick users
Southern Downs Regional Council advise that water restrictions in Warwick and associated villages have reverted to Permanent level effective immediately. Council's Director of Engineering Services Peter See said that the high level restrictions for...

Posted: May 25, 2015


Council extends time to apply for ANZAC 2015 community grants
Southern Downs Regional Council is inviting community groups to apply for its extended 2015 ANZAC Commemorative Small Grants Program. Council's Manager Community Services Sheila Stebbings said Council has extended the program by one month to allow int...

Posted: May 22, 2015


There is still time to submit listings for the Southern Downs ‘Seniors Month’ 2015 Calendar of Events
Move over Seniors Week; August is ‘Seniors Month’ on the Southern Downs! Is your community organisation, group or club planning an event or activity to celebrate seniors in the Southern Downs for Seniors Week this year? If yes, and ...

Posted: May 22, 2015


Recent rain tests Killarney’s new emergency warning system
The heavy rain event that occurred last weekend was the first major test of Southern Downs Regional Council’s recently installed Flood Emergency Warning System in Killarney. Disaster Management Coordinator Mark Saunders said residents will be r...

Posted: May 7, 2015


Work Commences on Northern Granite Belt Waste Transfer Station
Work has commenced this week on the construction of a new and improved waste transfer station to service residents of the northern Granite Belt area.  The Northern Granite Belt Waste Transfer Station is  one of many projects to come out of ...

Posted: May 6, 2015


Council encourages applications for ANZAC 2015 community grants
Southern Downs Regional Council is inviting community groups to apply for its newly created 2015 ANZAC Commemorative Small Grants Program. Mayor Cr Peter Blundell said Council is actively supporting the centenary of ANZAC next year and created the co...

Posted: December 15, 2014


Council hosts state local government women's conference
    Over 80 delegates from all around Queensland and New South Wales will be converging on Warwick tomorrow for the Australian Local Government Women's Association Queensland conference in Warwick from July 23 - 25.   Southern Down...

Posted: July 23, 2014